Show Us Your Books Link-Up: 2018 Favorites

Hello, fellow readers! Hope you have had a wonderful Christmas/holiday season. Today is the day we look back over our favorite reads of the year.

I had a lot of great reads this year, and kicked my reading goal's ass with 52 books read, 12 over my goal of 40!

This was such a beautiful read of an emotional puzzle. Deals with marriage and love and fame and work and racism and LGBT+ issues and parenthood and the ties that bind us. Highly recommend. 

If you have any questions/concerns/judgements about poverty in America, read this. It was a supremely logical explanation of the psychology of poverty and provided self-realization (which, for a classic overthinking introvert, is a rare thing). Made me angry, but in a "more aware" way.

So late to the party on this one. But it was Southern creepiness done right.

This book is hard and controversial and I get it, but ugh. Made me think and feel and hurt and cry and rejoice. It questions right and wrong and love and sex and protection and rules and family and youth and life. It is not an easy book or a book you want to read if you live in a black and white world. But if you believe in the gray, it will ruin you in the best way. 

Ahhh! Callie may be one of my favorite characters of the year. She is good and bad and strong and sassy and insecure and I looooooove her. And Millie. And everything about this book. Wonderfully fun in a YA way but so thoughtful. 

This was such a fun roller coaster of a read. It is a collection of stories about females in America. It moves in chronological order, but the stories have nothing to do with one another. Some are fantasy, some are current-day fiction, some have humans as protagonists, some have fantasy or mythological beings as protagonists, some are rich, some are poor, some are black and some are white and some are Hispanic...overall just a super cool collection of stories by females about females. 

 I definitely still found some problematic issues with this book, but I love the way it delves into the divisions and differences within Christianity. Too often, both inside and outside the faith, Christians are painted with a broad stroke. But there is a good bit of diversity within the faith and we all need to acknowledge that. 

Keeping with the somewhat theme of strong women, Circe rocked. She's a quiet but emotional witch from Greek mythology, and one of my favorite characters this year. I can't even describe exactly what it was that I loved about this book, but I just loved it. It was a reminder of myself and a hope and a comfort and...yeah. Sometimes books come at the right time, and for whatever reason this was right for me.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
I finally finished Children of Blood and Bone on December 30th, after this link-up went live, but I'm coming back to add because THIS BOOK WAS GREAT. I knew it would be, and I'm so pumped for the rest of the series. The first time I read it I just wasn't in the mindset to focus and give it the proper energy, but that was my issue and no reflection of this book. Once I finally committed, it sucked me in and captured my attention and I loooooved it. Just read it.

What were your favorite reads of 2018? 
Link-up & let us know!
Life According to Steph


  1. I enjoyed Dumplin', but didn't love it so I haven't been in a huge rush to read Puddin', but your review makes me want to add it to my tbr! I've had Yada Yada on my iPad for a few years and need to get around to reading it. Happy New Year!

  2. totally agree about all the ugly and wonderful things. so good. i still haven't read puddin, but it's on my list!

  3. Hand to Mouth is an excellent example of what it's like living in poverty, and Linda Tirado still doesn't shy away from explaining it. I probably should read it again someday. If you want some additional books in that niche, let me know. I'm happy to recommend.

    Some other outstanding books on the list, too!

  4. I want to read Puddin', Circe, and The Tyrrany of Petticoats. Adding Hand to Mouth to my TBR! XO - Alexandra

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  5. Puddin made my list too! I just read my first TJR this year, but it was her novella and I need more of her work, so defyadding The Secen Husbands!

  6. I am going to be reading Dumplin' soon for my book club. I still need to read TJR in general, but this one looks really good. I also really want to read Circe.


  7. Evelyn Hugo has a very special place in my heart! Glad it made your list!

  8. When I first heard about Bootstrap, my library wasn't carrying it. I should check again.

  9. Circe is on my TBR. I wasn't completely sold it but seeing the positive reviews on SUYB made me decide to give it a shot. Plus, I really do love Greek mythology. Evelyn was my top pick for 2017. It's such a great book!

  10. Love the categories! Two books I must get to this year are All the Ugly and Wonderful Things and Circe. :)

  11. I've seen a lot about All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, but it just hasn't made the cut this year to actually get read.

    Puddin' is on my TBR, but I'm not in a hurry. I imagine it's going to be similar enough to Dumpin' that I'm going to have the "formula writing" feeling which always depresses me.

  12. I read Dumplin at the very end of the year and loved it, so I'm anxious to check out Puddin' too. And Circe has been on my list for a while too, I need to get to that as well.